The trophy was called the "Tunney Cup" by the Royal Marines in honor of then-USMC Captain Tunney, who presented the award on behalf of the USMC with Sergeant Major Charles R. Francis. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed a comic performance in which Lewis (dressed in boxer shorts and gear) declares that he is going to fight Gene Tierney (the actress). The two then do a mock boxing match on stage, with Lewis winning every time they repeated it.
They also did another sketch where Lewis and Martin are at a urinal and Martin says "This is interesting, there's only one thing better than drinking beer out of a can...and that's drinking beer out of a can with Gene Tierney." They both laugh and leave the room.
Tierney was born on February 21st, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois. She began acting at a young age and went on to appear in more than 100 films between 1934 and 1962. She won an Oscar for her role in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). After retiring from acting, she became involved in politics and served as President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1969 to 1970.
Tierney died on August 12th, 1974 in Los Angeles County, California. She was 62 years old.
Captain Jack Tunney received his commission in the United States Marine Corps in 1933. He served in several positions within the corps before being discharged in 1947.
Gene Tunney, better known as the Fighting Marine, was an American boxer who defeated Jack Dempsey in 1926 to win the world heavyweight boxing champion. He was born on May 25, 1898 in New York, New York, and died on November 7, 1978 in Greenwich, Connecticut. During World War I, he served in the United States Marine Corps and was awarded a medal for bravery after he rescued a fellow marine from drowning during training exercises.
After his discharge from the Marines, Tunney worked at different jobs before turning professional in 1923. That same year he met Jack Dempsey in a championship match that lasted only 10 minutes because officials stopped it due to rain delays. The next year they met again at Madison Square Garden with both men wanting to prove they were the best fighter in the world. This time the fight went the distance of 15 rounds and Tunney won by unanimous decision. After this victory, people started calling him the "Fighting Marine" because he used his military training to box like a marine during the fights.
Tunney had more successful title defenses (10) than any other boxer, but he also had more losses (4). In 1930, he lost to Max Baer via TKO in the ninth round. This is the only time in his career that he was beaten by a knockout punch. After this defeat, Tunney retired from boxing and took up fishing instead. He later became one of the first members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Tunney is an Irish surname that may relate to Frank Tunney (1912–1983), a Canadian wrestling administrator. Gene Tunney (1897-1978) was a professional boxer from the United States who held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928. Another famous person with this name is Michael Tunney, a former senator from the state of Wisconsin.
Tunney is also the name of a town in Ireland's County Clare. It is located about 8 miles west of Ennis on the N67 road. The town has several historic buildings including a church dating back to 1842.
The Irish language word for "town" is tuath which is also the root of the English words "towson" and "turban".
James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was a professional boxer in the United States from 1915 until 1928. After his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928, Tunney retired unbeaten as a heavyweight, and The Ring magazine awarded him Fighter of the Year.
Tunney won all of his fights by knockout and had only one loss, which he avenged by knocking out his opponent in nine seconds. His record was 44 wins (41 by knock-out), 1 loss (1 draw).
After retiring from boxing, Tunney became a successful actor and a popular radio personality. He is considered by many to be the best heavy weight boxer never to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
Tunney was born on May 25, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Irish immigrants named John James and Mary Jane Tunney. When he was five years old, the family moved to Buffalo, New York where his father found work at an armory building guns for ships during America's time as a naval power.
When Gene turned pro in 1915, he took up residence in Buffalo where he stayed for most of his career. His first two bouts ended in draws but he soon began to accumulate victories, including one over future champion Max Baer.
Dempsey, Jack Gene Tunney, a former heavyweight boxing champion who beat Jack Dempsey twice, died late Tuesday at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. He was 80 years old and was suffering from a cardiovascular problem.
Tunney's career as a boxer lasted only nine months, but it made him one of the most famous boxers in American history. He came into his own as a fighter when he was given the chance to meet the great Dempsey on August 2, 1926, for the world heavyweight championship. The match was held at Chicago's Olympic Stadium before a crowd of 55,000 people; it is considered by many boxing historians to be the greatest sporting event never played. Tunney outboxed and outpunched Dempsey, winning every round but one, before being knocked out in the 10th round with a left hook to the jaw.
After his retirement from boxing, Gene Tunney went on to have a successful career as a lawyer. He became involved in politics and was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1945. He remained in that position for three consecutive terms (1946-49). After leaving office, he returned to practicing law. In addition to his role as mayor of Cleveland, Tunney also served as president of his local chapter of the American Legion and was a member of the board of directors of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.